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Earlier today Shell Shocker published this blog about some drag queens reading books to children at the Worcester Public Library, in what are clearly inappropriate outfits for anyone of any gender to be wearing around little kids. The WPL posted about it on Facebook, but it has since been removed after SS published a story about it. Although we don’t always agree on everything I firmly agree on these two points of the blog:
- This was a group of people pushing a political agenda on children
- The outfits were completely inappropriate to wear around kids that young in a public library
The book they read was about a boy who wants to be a girl. It was clearly politically motivated, because not everyone believes a boy can become a girl, no matter how hard the media makes us believe we’re satan if we don’t subscribe to this delusion. If the NRA came in and read a book to kids about a little boy who instead of becoming a girl decided to take a gun safety class, the same people applauding this would be freaking out. And I would agree with them because we shouldn’t be pushing political agendas on children in a public library.
Meanwhile, the outfits spoke for themselves.
If any real woman actually showed up to the library dressed like that, and tried to read a book to a room full of kids, it would be a problem. But because it’s a man dressed as a woman, we have to celebrate them for being their “authentic self.”
That is patently ridiculous.
Of course the people who showed up and commented did so because they like to virtue signal, and posting stuff like this makes them believe they are making the world a better place.
No, your daughter never actually asked you “countless times” to go to a drag show. You made that up because you’re trying to convince people that you’re super tolerant. No kid in the history of the world has ever done that. You just wanted to get some likes, you got them, and now you feel like you accomplished something today. But you didn’t.
We got some exit speeches in the comments too.
“My turtle ride is over.”
You’re not grownup enough to be on this ride in the first place. You call that an exit speech?
“I’m sorry of how intolerant you are. Now I’m leaving because I don’t tolerate the things you’re saying.”
Thank God. I’m kind of embarrassed that we ever had you as a fan anyway. I’m not sure what blog drew you in, but the quicker we get rid of you the better. Your commentary will not be missed, nor will your presence. But we both know that you’re still going to be reading it every single day and lurking in the comments.
Then there was this.
Oh Dale, you friend requested Clarence in 2015 because you were a turtle rider. I’ve seen you share blogs before. I remember the first time you reached out to me you wanted to make sure I wouldn’t be mean to you because you’re gay, and I informed you that it’s the 21st century and most reasonable people could care less about your sexuality. I didn’t know who you were at the time, as evidently you are under the impression that you’re some sort of Worcester celebrity because you’re friends with Paul Giorgio and you get some gigs doing some really awful crooning in front of 20 people at a restaurant. I gave you the benefit of the doubt though, because you seemed decent enough. But yet here you are pretending to be offended and play the victim. Sad.
Dale wasn’t the only one pretending to not like Turtleboy after years of patronage.
Oh Erik, are you forgetting our many, many, many talks we’ve had over the years?
We all know you still read it Erik. You can cut it with the act.
Others were slightly more triggered by the blog.
“Fucktard bigot bitch.” – Human being who thinks she has the moral high ground.
Anyway, these two individuals found the blog rather quickly and evidently didn’t like it too much. Keep in mind, I am not Shell Shocker, just as I am not Intern Turtle, SSTG, Bristol TC, Fiesty, or any of the rest. These are my employees. They publish on the platform that I ultimately am responsible for. But nevertheless there are still people who seem to believe I am the only content creator on this site. As flattering as it is that there are people that think I’m capable of doing that much work in a day, I hate to inform them that I could not do this alone, and I did not publish this blog.
Things got really interesting once the star of the blog found it and shared it on his Facebook page.
Sorry Henry, but what you identify means absolutely nothing to me. I am free man, living in a free country. I will not be compelled to alter my speech in order to humor your silly nonsense. That’s not how freedom works.
Shocking that someone with a cultural studies degree from Clark who dresses like that is working at Big Y.
This is “Anthony.”
And he was less enthusiastic about the blog.
Oh look, another “boycott” because we’re a bunch of adjectives they made up that end up in phobic. How original. This is what they do when they don’t like the content of your speech now – they try to harass and intimidate your advertisers. Go ahead, call up Garage Doors Plus or Garrieri Jewelers and tell them that you’re a guy in a dress who won’t be shopping there anymore. Let me know how your failed attempt at fascism and book burning goes.
Oh, we’re also racist too of course, even though Shell Shocker specifically called out what appears to be some sort of whites only book club at the public library.
Then things got really, really interesting when I discovered that one of the two drag queens was evidently a former student of mine.
Well, first off Harley, I didn’t write the blog. But sure, for the sake of argument lets say I did because I stand by my bloggers and their right to free speech. First of all, you did in fact come dressed as a hooker.
No respectable woman would show up to read a book to a bunch of 4 year olds dressed in hooker boots with a school girl skirt up to your crotch. Nor would they wear such ridiculous amounts of makeup. You’re free to dress like this all you want, and more power to ya. But you were in fact dressed like a hooker, which is fine because you’re not a real woman to begin with. You’re pretending to be something that you’re not.
I’m 99% sure Harley’s real name was Josh Guadette. I had over 1,000 students at Shepherd Hill, so I can’t remember them all. But they come back to you. And “he didn’t like me then” is just a thing that sad adults who still can’t get over high school say 7 years after they graduated. As a teacher I didn’t dislike any students. I just wanted kids to try their best and learn history because history is important. Josh was in a low level class and failed for the year as a junior. He’s obviously still upset that he had to take it again his senior year with a different teacher while all his friends were taking fun electives. I remember that quite well because whenever a kid failed for the year it was an issue. But he literally did no work and could not even come close to writing a complete sentence. I’m sure he thought I hated him because of all the F’s, but I never held it against kids when they failed. My life went on the same regardless of their performance.
And despite the fact that he almost certainly never went to college and barely graduated from high school, he’s now being chosen by the WPL to read to children simply because he dresses like a hooker. If he was just a dude like he was in high school who could barely muster a 60 average taking a bunch of multiple choice quizzes, there’s no way they’d invited him.
This only further proves that this whole thing was politically motivated.
And for the record, this kid NEVER spoke in my class. Some kids who failed couldn’t stop talking. He was one of those kids who I tried a lot to throw easy softball questions at to try to build his confidence up, but every time I did he looked at me like I was speaking Chinese. Sad.
Evidently Josh didn’t like my “bias” ways of teaching.
Oh Josh, stop it. You did not get a B. Ever. If you did you’d probably like me. Instead you’re sour grapes because you failed the lowest level possible class. In high school. You failed, and instead of blaming yourself you projected your failure onto me, because that’s what losers do. I held kids to a high standard, didn’t accept bullshit or excuses, and some kids didn’t like that.
If you read “I Am Turtleboy” you will see the lengths I went to in order to remain unbiased when I taught history. I firmly believe that no teacher should try to push their politics on kids. I had students trying to guess who I voted for at the end of the year because I went to such lengths to hide it.
Oh, and I can’t recall ever meeting your parents at parent-teacher conferences either. Which is weird, because if my kid was ever failing a class I can assure you that I would be in contact with that teacher to figure out what my child did wrong so we could work to alleviate the problem. Guess your folks didn’t care that much.
Once he shared it the flood gates were open for former students who wanted to air their grievances about how horrible I was.
Oh Tyler, you know damn well that never happened. I remember you quite well. You were actually in Josh’s class, but because you carried a solid C+ average, and actively participated in class, you were actually a breath of fresh air. You actually made me laugh a few times too because you were genuinely funny if I recall. I know you’re trying to show off to your friends right now and pile on because that’s what people do when they form online mobs, but you know and I know that you and I actually got along really well.
Jill Tremblay? You also graduated in 2011, but you weren’t in Josh’s class because you were a solid B student in an honor’s level class who was goal oriented and had career plans. You friended me on Facebook after graduation, but it looks like you defriended a while back. That’s OK, I’m not mad. You and I actually got along even better than Tyler and I. You used to come for extra help sessions, you were really enthusiastic about history, and you asked great questions. You were really active in Shepherd Hill’s fantastic drum line, which I respected you for because you were well rounded. But I guess just like in high school, it’s easier to go along with the crowd than it is to tell the truth.
Oh, and Karen, I wasn’t fired either. They wish. It was actually a Bills game, the school investigated it, found out nothing happened, and wrote me a check for a full year’s salary to walk away quietly if I promised not to sue them. Besides that you’re spot on.
And is Josh still whining about how mean I was? Josh, you literally never got in trouble once in my class because I didn’t even know what your voice sounded like man. I have two kids, and I’ve taught thousands of them. I assure you no one has a problem with me being around their children. You on the other hand?
Not so much.
Maura was also in the same class with Josh, and she also failed for the year. Which is pretty hard, because I let kids in the lower level classes make up homework, they had word banks for fill-ins, and everything else was multiple choice. However, I do remember you trying to get out of class a lot to go to Show Choir and freaking out because failing my class got you in trouble there too.
Chase was also on the case.
Chase, you know you never had me as a teacher. I remember your parents signed you up for a track camp I ran, and you were on the track team for a couple days. Sorry for making you do pushups, but all the other kids had to do them too. I certainly haven’t harassed any of your classmates since I don’t normally contact former students, but your college professor was probably a terrible person if one of my bloggers exposed them.
Finally there was Marissa Laboeuf.
Seven years later and she still can’t spell. Marissa pulled off the rare feat of knowing Worcester Mr. Kearney and Dudley Mr. Kearney. I had her sister Desiree in class at Fanning, because she was so bad that Forest Grove couldn’t handle her anymore. Then somehow they ended up moving to Charlton and when I got the job there I immediately recognized the name. Again, if you graduated 7 years ago and you still hold grudges about teachers because you didn’t do well in their class, that kind of says more about you than it does about me.
There were just too many lies to count.
I’ve literally never met this person.
“He got fired because he sexually harassed female students at one of the Worcester public schools.”
This story evolves so much over time I can’t help but be amazed by it.
“He’s a known sexual predator.”
Yea, I’m not the one dressing up as a hooker in order to be around small children. But OK.
“He posted a picture of my Prius at a public event.”
No I didn’t. But someone probably did, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that so I didn’t remove it.
Finally there was this.
“I saw that on the news years ago.”
No you didn’t. You literally made that up, just like all these people above you made up bullshit too. I’m proud to be the publisher of a website that exposes frauds like Josh, and calls out liars like you.
The bottom line is that Josh has no business reading to kids at the Worcester Public Library. He’s exactly what kids should aspire not to be. He’s a pathological liar, who couldn’t read or write in high school, and now is being rewarded and applauded for dressing like a hooker.